I read several writers who wrote books back in the 1970's. They did not have editors then, just typewriters. Seeing a smart remark of one of those writers recently in the newspaper, it made me wonder if today they would even write better. It is so hard to write without an editor! Would their books be even better when written with an editor? Are we writing better books these days?.
On second thought, maybe XML isn't all that bad. What about handling tabs, unicode, namespaces, processing instructions, schema declarations, ...
But recently I had to "code" a lot of small XML snippets with an editor. Not just configurations files, all sorts of stuff. Maybe I can come up with a simple translator tool, from human-readable-editable to XML and back. Should not be too difficult. Except for all the fancy XML stuff mentioned above.